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Water Damage - Be Prepared

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Why Time is of the Essence in Water Damage

Many home and business owners don’t realize the time factor when dealing with water damage. After the initial damage, water invades and creeps into the home structure as time progresses. With each minute that passes, the water may affect carpet padding, the walls, hardwood floors, and even grout lines in tiles. Unattended water damage in the ceiling is even more damaging because this can lead to the collapse of the ceiling.

Aside from structural damage, water damage can lead to serious problems like poor air quality, growth of mold and mildew, humid atmosphere, and an unpleasant smell that permeates walls, floors, and ceilings. These conditions result in health effects. More than that, when water sits for a long time, total reconstruction is often the only option left for homeowners and business owners.

In order to avoid further problems, it is important that you act quickly on a water damage problem and control the environment within the affected home or building.

Call in a Water Damage Expert

The first thing you need to do is to call in a water damage restoration expert to do assessment of the affected area. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake can fully determine the extent of the damage. After the inspection and assessment, we can develop a comprehensive restoration plan. The plan shall include determining which items are worthy of restoration.

Control the Home or Building Indoor Environment

As water damage results in poor indoor environment, it is very important that you attend to this problem to avoid health effects. You can limit the bad effects of water damage through controlling temperature, airflow, and relative humidity. An effective way to control these conditions, high moisture environment in particular, is to use damage restoration drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers.

Drying the structure using drying equipment often eliminates the necessity of replacing walls, carpet, hardwood floor, and other affected area, which can be expensive. More importantly, you remove the bad odor and stain caused by mold and mildew. If drying the structure is not properly done, these problems will come back after few weeks.

Should your home or business suffer water damage as a result of a toilet leak, dishwasher leak, sump pump backup or from any other source, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336. 

We are available 24/7 and always here to help!

Minnesota Storm Damage

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Minnesota can experience storms ranging anywhere from hail, flooding, or ice. All these types of storm can cause damage to a home or business. Due to this SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake is always ready to help. Our crew understands all aspects that it takes to get everything back to normal after damage is experienced.  

Tips to Keep in Mind

You and your loved ones have weathered the storms and now it is time to survey the damage and move towards the next phase – clean up and fix up. You, of course, need to make it a point to work with a professional to help put the pieces back together, including helping assess the damage. This is important to do before you begin to clean up or pick through items that are salvageable because you do not want to put yourself in harm’s way.

This is also an essential part of making sure you have the proper estimate and other details in place to take care of your homeowner’s insurance. Things can seem so hectic after you have survived storm damage so the last thing you want is to miss out on something that is key to get your insurance to cover the damages and the repairs. Missing out on something or, even worse, missing the deadline could mean you have to pay for your own repair costs out of your own pocket.

Parts of your home that could suffer damage and require repairs include:

  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Fencing
  • Decks or Patios
  • Tree Removal

You may even have damage to the interior of your home if you have suffered more extensive damage. So, make sure that you have a true team of pros working with you to take care of the job for you.

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake specializes in all aspects of storm damage.  As we provide mitigation services to dry out your home, another team of SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake can provide construction services and rebuild the areas that are damaged. 

If you are to suffer damages from an upcoming storm, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake!

We can be reached at (612) 444-3336!

Basement Flooding

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are several reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (612) 444-3336

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It is worth making a call to SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

00Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We are Ready to Help (612) 444-3336.

Business Experiencing a Diaster?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster - Plan Now

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, most of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake to develop an ERP with your business. 

We are available 24/7 and can be contacted at (612) 444-3336. 

Fire Damage? - Home, Office, or Shed

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Call (612) 444-3336 right away to prevent further damage!

A fire to your home, office, or shed can be a devastating experience. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.  

What you can do until help arrives:

Limit movement in the house to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring. 

Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.

Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.

Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.

Do not clean any electrical equipment. 

Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Should your home or business suffer fire damage, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake for all your soot and fire damage repairs. 

We are available 24/7 and can be contacted at (612) 444-3336!

Fire Damage? Call Our Crew!

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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What should you do if your office or home suffers a fire? 

All too often, we do not have a plan if a disaster occurs until it happens. The trouble is that if you do not have a plan, it is hard to act quickly and methodically, and we tend to make decisions based on emotions rather than facts. So here are a few tips should you encounter a fire in your home:

The most important factor is that everyone gets out safe. Plan with your family or employees how to get out of a fire and where to meet.

The best scenario to reduce the amount of damage from a fire and/or soot, is to contact a restoration company as soon as possible to begin the cleanup work. If the local fire department responded to a fire, often there is water damage as well as soot or charred materials from the fire. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake can dry out your home as well as eliminating the soot odor. We have specialized equipment including air scrubbers, fogging equipment, ozone chambers just to name a few. It is important to understand how the equipment along with the specialized cleaning chemicals can restore your house as to the conditions before your fire.

If you suffer a fire to your home or business, it can be a traumatic experience. Let the professional staff at SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake help you navigate this process with your insurance company. 

We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (612) 444-3336. We are always here to help!

Storm Damage - Elk River Area

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Call our crew to help!

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Central Minnesota, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

Call Us Today (612) 444-3336!

Commercial Buildings Experience Damages

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Water, fire, & mold damages!

Many people think of a typical water loss occurring in their home. They do occur very often in homes, but businesses are just as often affected when it comes to water, fire, and mold damages. When it comes to business damages, most think it comes from huge weather-related catastrophes. That can hold true, but most times businesses are suffering damages from the same sources as a home. 

Some examples of how a water loss can occur are:

  1. Appliance Malfunction
  2. Sprinkler Lines
  3. Sewer Backup
  4. Storm Related

That is why whether it is your home or business, you need to be actively looking for water, fire, or mold damages before a little issue can become larger.

Be prepared and have SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake’s number on hand in cause of damages. We can be contacted 24/7 at (612) 444-3336. 

Remember, we are always here to help!

5 Frequently Asked Water Questions

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

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  1. What causes water damage?

Water damage can occur from natural disasters, pipe bursts, appliance malfunctions, roof leaks, foundations leaks, septic tank overflows, poor drainage and the list continues.  Flash flooding, pipe bursts, and sewage backups are especially dangerous as they can produce several inches of water in less than a day. 

  1. Why can water damage be dangerous?

Floodwater that comes from outside and from sewage backups can contain dangerous contaminants such as viruses and bacteria.  If the water is not drained within 24-48 hours, structural damage and mold growth can occur.

  1. What should I do after a flood, sewage, or water leak?

Contacting a professionally trained company, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake, is one of the first steps. Waiting to complete this step can cause irredeemable and mold damage to the wood, walls, and carpet.

  1. How do the certified technicians handle water damage?

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake wants to be sure to answer all questions in hopes to help put your mind more at ease. The crew will then determine which items can be restored. If items cannot be restored, they will be removed. The drying out and disinfecting of all areas will then begin.

  1. Will my homeowner’s insurance cover water damage?

It is important to notify your insurance company to determine your insurance coverage. The crew at SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake will work with your insurance company to help meet your needs. 

Experience water damage? Contact our crew at (612) 444 – 3336!

Mold Problems?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Microscopic mold spores can naturally occur both indoor and outdoor. Due to this, it makes it exceedingly difficult to remove all mold from a residential home or commercial business building. However, when mold remediation is conducted it reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

Mold Facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere – indoor & outdoor
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air
  • Mold can enter your home through windows/doors, clothing, pets, etc.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold colonies can produce allergens & irritants
  • Mold can produce a strong & musty odor
  • Mold growth can be supported by higher-than-normal indoor humidity

If your residential home or commercial business building is experiencing any mold issues, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake. Our crew will come out to inspect and assess the property with the appropriate training and specialized equipment.

Signs of mold? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake at (612) 444 – 3336!